Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Georgia's Signature Holiday Events

From festivals to train rides with Santa, experience holiday magic at these Georgia events!

Twinkling lights, train rides, illuminated parades, historic home tours and more fill the events calendar throughout the holidays in Georgia. These signature events are gifts the whole family will enjoy this holiday season.

Holiday Light Displays

Callaway Resort & Gardens Fantasy in Lights
Callaway Resort & Gardens Fantasy in Lights
Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Gardens

Callaway Resort & Gardens' Fantasy In Lights is not only the South's most spectacular holiday light and sound show, it is one of the world's "Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights," as named by "National Geographic Traveler." In 2020, a scene titled Magical Field of Lights makes its debut to mark the 29th year of this spectacular Christmas event! The Field of Lights scene is nearly two football fields long, featuring a Christmas tree more than 10 stories tall, making it the tallest Christmas tree in the South. Shop in the Christmas Village, and ride through the illuminated forest. Plan your trip with tips from Explore Georgia's Guide to Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Resort & GardensNov. 20, 2020 - Jan. 4, 2021. Before your trip, review Callaway Gardens Resort's COVID-19 precautions and frequently asked questions.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

The annual electrical extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The massive Tunnel of Light along with favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest and Model Trains continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. 

The walk-through event will be held Nov. 14, 2020 - Jan. 16, 2021, with extremely limited capacity and masks/social distancing required. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Before your trip, review the garden's COVID-19 precautions and frequently asked questions.

Toy soldiers light display at Rock City Gardens' Enchanted Garden of Lights in Lookout Mountain, Georgia
Toy soldiers light display at Rock City Gardens' Enchanted Garden of Lights in Lookout Mountain, Georgia
Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights

This award-winning light extravaganza at Rock City Gardens features more than 30 holiday scenes that transform the gardens' natural daytime splendor into a nocturnal fantasyland. Enjoy gingerbread cookie decorating, holiday shopping and visit with Santa. Nov. 20, 2020 - Jan. 2, 2021. Reserved timed entry tickets must be purchased online in advance. Before your trip, review the garden's COVID-19 precautions.

Festivals

Holiday decorations in Dahlonega, Georgia
Holiday decorations in Dahlonega, Georgia
Old Fashioned Christmas in Dahlonega

Don't miss the Lighting of Downtown Dahlonega and Lighting of the Tree (Nov. 27, 2020) and the Christmas Parade, and visit with Santa various dates. Enjoy Christmas lights, carriage rides, music, wine tastings, extended shopping hours and more holiday festivities through Jan. 10, 2021. Experience the holidays in Dahlonega, which has been named one of the Top 25 Hallmark Christmas Towns! Nov. 27, 2020 - Jan. 10, 2021

Stone Mountain Christmas

Have a holly jolly Christmas at Stone Mountain Park, where the true magic of the season is in the air. Enjoy the glow of more than 2 million lights, festive music and visits from some your favorite holiday characters at Stone Mountain Christmas. Start a new tradition and create memories that will last a lifetime for your kids...and you. Nov. 14, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2020. Before your visit, review the park's COVID-19 precautions.

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Home Tours

Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville, Georgia, decorated for the holidays
Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville, Georgia
Christmas at the Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville

Embrace the smell of fresh-cut Fraser firs and chestnuts on the fire as Milledgeville's Old Governor’s Mansion transforms into a beautiful representation of what Christmas looked like in the time period before the Civil War. During Christmas at the Mansion, every room is dressed with authentic period decorations - from streamers in the children’s room to poinsettias, holly branches and gorgeous ribbons in other rooms and parlors. For an especially unique experience, take a candlelight tour. Nov. 21 - Dec. 23, 2020. Before your trip, review the mansion's COVID-19 precautions.

More: Celebrate Christmas Past with These Holiday Home Tours

Holiday Train Rides

Santa and Mrs. Claus on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway in Blue Ridge, Georgia
Santa and Mrs. Claus on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway in Blue Ridge, Georgia
Santa Express in Blue Ridge

Enjoy a daytime fun-filled train ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Lasting only an hour, the ride is great for families, and all children get a traditional bell and a candy cane. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits and photos at the depot. Select dates November through December 2020. Before your trip, review the railway's COVID-19 precautions.

Santa Express in St. Marys

On the St. Marys Express, the magic of Christmas comes alive during the Open Air Railcar Experience, where Jolly Old St. Nick himself boards the train with gifts for all the good little boys and girls. Enjoy entertainment all along the way. Or, you can choose the Nutcracker Realms Experience, which begins with a theatrical retelling of the holiday classic and then continues on the train with special guests like the Sugar Plum Fairy and Santa. Select dates Nov. 28 - Dec. 19, 2020. Before your trip, review the railroad's COVID-19 precautions.

Holiday Train Rides on SAM Shortline

Join the special ride to Plains to see President and Mrs. Carter light up the town, ride the Candy Cane Express, and more! Select dates November through December 2020. Before your trip, review the railroad's COVID-19 precautions.

More: 8 Holiday Train Adventures Around Georgia

Published: November 2020
Written by: Lesli Peterson